Experiencing Production delays from your Chinese Suppliers? Environmental Crackdowns are the cause


Owing to increasing clamor over air pollution, over the past few years China has been making increasingly earnest attempts to control its pollution. This year marks the fourth year of the Environmental Inspection (name TBA), and industries have been hit hard.

This is serious business – a couple years ago, this inspection resulted in 3,000 officials being disciplined and 198 million yuan ($29,860,651.26) in fines being levied. So what is this check about, how does it work, and what are the ramifications?

(There are other places to read up on China’s aggressive war against pollution – I’ll leave that reading up to you.)

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Importing From China? Avoid these 5 Common Mistakes 5 Common Pitfalls New Importers should Avoid When Importing from China

Newbie importer

In my work at IMEX Sourcing Services, I regularly work with a lot of new importers, especially new e-commerce sellers selling through the Amazon or eBay platforms. Most importers, when first starting out are very excited & charged up about the new venture & want to get things moving as quickly as possible.

When first importing from China or from any other country for that matter, there is a steep learning curve & it normally takes 2-3 shipments for an importer to understand the process flow & all the terminology & acronyms involved in International trade.

With limited understanding of the import processes & that of the working style of Chinese factories, comes increased risk, especially quality risk as well as the increased likelihood of incurring losses on the first import from China due to getting the numbers wrong.

Here I look at 5 common mistakes, I often see with new importers first starting out of China.

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